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  1. #1
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    Default Queen Question, Options.......

    I had posted a thread about the size of the attatched queencell, seemed small to me. Anyway, It hatched and I hadnt seen any sign of her. Of course I aam always early expecting her back.(First years letting them raise their own). I gave the hive a frame of eggs/larvae of all ages. They didnt pull any cells so I suspected she was in there, virgin or newly mated. Sure enough I went in there today and there she was, laying a great egg pattern. The only problem was I also saw 3 q cups, with young larvae and rj in them. I noticed she has a proble3m with one of her wings. It doesnt lay flat on her back, kind of sticks out to the side. Am assuming that is why they want to superscede. My question is, now that shes back, and apparently laying a good pattern, would you tear down the cells? If I do are they just going to build them back? Once they make up their mind is it a done deal? With her laying a good pattern I would much rather let her build the hive instead of dealing with another brood break. Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks in advance. G

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    Default Re: Queen Question, Options.......

    From my perspective only...
    I have seen new queens return from mating flights and for whatever reason some are superseded as soon as they start laying. Some hives just start the cups, new queen lays into them, but later on, they take them down. So, in my experience it is not always a done deal.
    You mention a wing problem...very well could be the triggering signal for supersedure. When I clip the wings too short, on some queens, I see the same thing.
    That said, if you stay on top of this hive and take the queen cells out, observe and monitor...let her lay until she gets going good, with lots of new brood under her belt, they might just give up replacing her. Time will tell.

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    Default Re: Queen Question, Options.......

    Yeah, thats kinda what I figured, Im gonna try that, just watch and see. Hopefully she can impress them. Thanks. G

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